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The Good, the Bad and the Handsome from the July Men’s Mags

  • Kempt Staff


Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of your favorite men’s magazines, like GQ, Nylon Guys and The Rake, so you don’t have to. The breakdown—starring Emily Ratajkowski, Panama hats, feuding Greek shipping magnates, grilling everything, summer cocktails, sexy convertibles and... did we mention Emily Ratajkowski?—now.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

The Good, the Bad and the Handsome from the June Men’s Mags


Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of your favorite men’s magazines, including GQ, VMan and Esquire, so you don’t have to. The breakdown—starring a prosthetic hoo-ha, Gigi Hadid, terrifying skin treatments, fatherhood, Detroit, Jerry Seinfeld, Deepak Chopra, swimsuits, sexsomnia, parentheticals, finishing cream, mandals and a thong bikini or two—now.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

The August Issues: GQ, Esquire and Details

August Issues

Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Bryan Cranston, Porsche 911s, Aubrey Plaza, fathers-in-law, biceps, porn star names, overcoats, Jon Voight, holograms, absinthe summer cocktails and words of wisdom from Richard Simmons—is after the jump.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

Icon: Jack London

  • Najib Benouar

Jack London

In the long, proud bloodline of gritty journalists—the Hemingways, the S. Thompsons of the literary world—there was the original: Jack London.

In 1897, at age 21, he sailed to the Klondike in search of gold, and instead of finding a fortune, he picked up a near-fatal case of scurvy. Returning to his native Northern California a little worse for wear and a few teeth lighter, he picked up the pen and never looked back. (As you’d imagine, a running theme in his writings was man versus wild.) For all the love the Gold Rush era gets from the Americana set, there aren’t too many faces that can be put to the name—just anonymous beards and dusty overalls—but Jack London was there, in the thick of it. Looking quite stylish, for the most part.

Celebrating the man who answered The Call of the Wild in five iconic photos.»

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Superman

Dear Mr. Kent,

On behalf of bloggers everywhere, we’d like to welcome you to New Media.

Like you, we once believed in print journalism. We had subscriptions to things. We creased newspapers and dug into below-the-fold stories about stray dogs and corruption within the gas company. We snickered at comics, replied to classified ads and (acted like we) did the Sunday crossword.

We saw Newsies twice.

But as you so Jerry McGuire-ly (and Sorken-esque-ly) announced to the staff of the Daily Planet, the thrill is gone—journalism has given way to entertainment.

Consider us the best of both...»

Mónica Cruz Loved That Scene in Flashdance

  • Kempt Staff

Just Browsing: Because we feel obligated to keep our readers abreast of the latest advancements in lingerie cinematography, here’s Agent Provocateur’s new Victorian-era-themed F/W video. [Agent Provocateur]

Grand Opening: The preternaturally cool Opening Ceremony brand is expanding its empire to print journalism—and the subscription lines are open. [OCNN]

You Can’t Handle the Bluth: Arrested Development fanatics might want to sit down for this... Reports have confirmed that a new season is being filmed as we speak. [Deadline]

Sliders Wearing Hats: A comprehensive mapping of the shorthand slang used at some of NYC’s finest dining establishments. [NY Times]

Anna Selezneva Is Mostly Focused on Her Drink

Dandies in the Wild: For their F/W lookbook, Isaia takes a camping trip. If you’ve ever wanted to see how a three-piece suit looks with hip waders… [Men of Habit]

Dunderful: A new crop of bow ties, courtesy of the Swedes at Blixt & Dunder. We are impressed. [Cool Hunting]

Stop Telephoning Me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e: A professional journalist publicly quits the telephone. We give it three weeks, tops. [TechCrunch]

An Unhealthy Glow: An illustrated history of startup founders looking awkward in fashion ads. But we worry there are still more to come. [The Atlantic Wire]

Tati Cotliar is Leaning With It, Rocking With It

Humor, Skill, Wit, Sex Appeal, in that Order: Robert Redford drops a little wisdom on the willing chaps at Esquire. By now, he’s super-wise. [Esquire]

Apparently He Lets Bloggers Test-Drive Them: A tour of Ralph Lauren’s dozens of vintage Ferraris. Related: Ralph Lauren is fabulously wealthy. [Vanity Fair]

A Brief History of the Lounge Suit: The business suit is now 150 years old. [The Economist]

There Goes the Afternoon: A roundup of the 90 most fascinating longform journalism pieces of the year. []

A Series of Tubes


In the wake of the Iranian Election turmoil, YouTube and Twitter have gotten a lot of press as something more than idle entertainments. And while Twitter hasn’t changed up their game plan too much, YouTube is getting a little full of itself.

In order to assist the new generation of webcam-equipped witnesses, YouTube has launched The Reporters’ Center, a feed devoted to guiding and publishing the work of aspiring citizen journalists. They’ve got brief tutorials from Bob Woodward, Nicholas Kristof and (for some reason) Arianna Huffington on getting to the bottom of the story, but we’re not sure if the world is quite ready for the stories that they’re about to get. It’s one thing to publicize raw feeds from an event everyone already agrees is important, but it’s quite another to sift through a few thousand clips looking for something that approaches newsworthiness.

Either way, we’re guessing the cat-in-fan story is about to get a lot more play.

Walken in the World


The decline of the celebrity interview has been fairly well-documented, but just when you think the whole enterprise is too hopelessly compromised to convey an honest human moment, Esquire comes along and drops something like this.

The piece is the Christopher Walken edition of their ongoing “What I’ve Learned” series, and it might be the best thing ever to grace their pages. (That’s right, we’re looking at you, Talese.) Walken’s screwball banality cuts right through all the false modesty, PR calculation and good-natured cant that usually makes this kind of writing such a minefield. Ponder this gem, for instance:

Sometimes I look at this watch and I think, There's some guy that puts these little screws in there? There is something about it.

Or better yet:

I used to love Danish. My father used to make a Boston cream pie. You never see that anymore. Very good.

Truer words were never spoken.